Playa Vista People 05/12/2022


Wes lives and works in Culver City


Have you ever pooped in your pants after 18 years of age?
Asked useless questions in class and got trolled for the entire year?
Have you ever paid a $100 bill with coins?
Are you one of those who still doesn’t know about tenses?
Have you ever got insulted in front of your girlfriend?


Happy team members at Mo’s Place at the Beach in Playa del Rey.


Wanda lives in Playa del Rey

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New Restaurant Replacing Chart House In Marina del Rey:

The group behind Dear John’s plans to open a new location in Marina del Rey called Dear Jane’s. The restaurant from the Röckenwagners and Josiah Citrin – Los Angeles hospitality veterans – will replace the former Chart House location overlooking the water at 13950 Panay Way, Marina del Rey. It will have a menu focused on cocktails and, naturally, seafood. Dear John’s, the steakhouse in Culver City, is expected to be demolished and redeveloped. The upcoming Dear Jane’s restaurant is expected to open sometime before the end of 2022.


Ruth has been living in Culver City since July 1999

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The beautiful murals inside Cantalini’s Salerno Beach.


General Manager Cantalini’s Salerno Beach

How long have you been working at the restaurant?
–I have worked with my family restaurant on and off since 2004. I was able to explore Colorado and New York for a few years, but whenever I am in Los Angeles I find myself back at my home base, Cantalini’s!

What is your role there?
–My roles at Cantalini’s have changed quite a bit over the years! I got my bearings being a hostess and then as a server. I am all over the map these days helping with the menus, beverage program (vino!) marketing, customer relations and making sure that everyone who walks through the door feels like family!

What’s the favorite part of your job?
–While growing with the community of Playa del Rey, I’d have to say my favorite part of the job has always been the sweeping hugs and kisses from three generations and more that come in to visit us!

What is special or unique about your restaurant?
–We care. I know that sounds really simple and vague, but that’s what we talk about in all of our meetings. We discuss how to stay humbled and grateful. We talk about how we’d treat people in our own homes. We understand we can’t please everyone but we’re as genuine and authentic in our business venture as we are in our customer service.

What is your favorite meal to eat at your restaurant?
–Favorite meal is a really tough one! These are all my family recipes so I am partial to many! It really just depends on the day. I really enjoy the gluten-free butternut squash, the lasagna is bomb, all the veal dishes are to die for, and you can’t beat our gnocchi! Anything gnocchi!!!

What’s a fun fact about you that people may not know?
–Life is beautiful. People may not know I am an artist. I have a very successful art studio at the foot of the Hollywood hills and have gotten to explore my creative side and contribute to the art community as a professional for over eight years. You can find my works at Art and food feeds the soul. It’s the way to replenish and restore one’s heart. I am passionate about both!


Café Bohème

Café Bohème is a French modern café, serving breakfast and lunch. We also sell coffees, smoothies, cold press juices, and french pastries all in a modern Bohemian Vibe!

How Call of Duty Turned War into a Profitable Circus:

Call of Duty XP 2011 was the first official Call of Duty convention. Activision was gearing up for the release of Modern Warfare 3, the final chapter of the trilogy that propelled the already successful war shooter into mainstream ubiquity. It was a carnival of war. So, they were feeling spendy. They rented out one of Howard Hughes’ old flight hangars in Playa Vista and converted it into a surreal weekend retreat. Kanye West and Dropkick Murphys played sets on the main stage. Organizers packed the hangar with hundreds of consoles for a massive LAN party. Guests lined up for lunch at a re-creation of Burger Town, a fast-food joint where Modern Warfare 2 players skirmished with Russian invaders.


“Your digital magazine Playa Vista People rocks!” —- Chloe Townsend, Culver City

Coming to Playa Del Rey – Iconic Russian Bakery Plans One-Day Pop-Up:

Piroshky Piroshky, a beloved Russian bakery in Seattle, is marking its 30th anniversary with a U.S. tour, including a stop in Playa del Rey. Pre-orders can be placed online by June 1 for June 3 pick-up at the Elks Lodge on West Manchester Avenue. Opened in 1992 in Seattle’s Pike Place Market and dubbed “iconic” by Smithsonian Magazine, Piroshky Piroshky often has lines out the door of customers craving such scratch-made, Eastern-European sweet and savory pastries as cinnamon cardamom braid, marzipan rolls, pierogies and the traditional, hand-held “piroshky” stuffed pies. The shop was featured on the late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” and was voted one of “The 20 Most Iconic Food Destinations Across America” by Smithsonian Magazine. “We are blessed to be traveling around the country, meeting our community while bringing Seattle’s best vendors with us,” said Olga Sagan, Piroshky Piroshky owner. “The concept of ‘breaking bread’ has been a unifying factor over the ages for many communities. And when you break it and see a delicious filling inside – it’s even better!”


Cantalini’s Salerno Beach

On how Cantalini’s came to be a favorite icon in Playa del Rey. It all started when Giovanni Cimino came to California from Salerno Beach, Italy, and opened Giovanni’s Salerno Beach Restaurant in the early ‘60s. His menu was a simple reflection of the old world Southern Italian cooking and it became popular with many of the locals who, to this day, reminisce about the many memories made within these walls.


Fox Hills Country Club sign in mid-twentieth century.

LAPD Wants a Rent Subsidy for Cops:

Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles is now averaging $2,300 per month in a city where 73% of households spend over 30% of their income on rent and utilities. It’s the second most rent-burdened city in the country – after Miami. L.A.’s cops have a starting salary that’s about $70,000 annually with a guaranteed raise once they complete their training; only firefighters make more among city workers. Still, LAPD Chief Michel Moore says that high rents are making it harder to recruit new officers, so the department is looking to launch a $33 million “housing initiative” to subsidize their rent. The plan is to ask landlords to cut LAPD officers a discount, then raise money from local business leaders and foundations to make up the difference. “The landlord will get a check from the cop, and the landlord’s going to get a check from the Los Angeles Police Foundation,” Steve Soboroff, who sat on the city’s Board of Police Commissioners for nearly a decade, told the Los Angeles Business Journal. Soboroff also happens to be a developer of high-end residential properties in Los Angeles. He’s been calling for subsidized rents for cops for a decade and even gave LAPD officers priority to move into the 300 affordable units of his Playa Vista development on the Westside.


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Urban Plates

Urban Plates’ Family meals – choice of protein served with any two scratch-made sides and grilled rustic bread. Serves 4. Make it GF when you request no bread.


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1. ** According to a new report, during the first 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, overall deaths of homeless people in L.A. County increased by 56% compared to the previous 12 months. Congratulations, Mayor Garcetti, who has been promising and failing to fix the homeless problem in Los Angeles for at least six years. —- Connie R., Playa Vista

2. ** Why are schools obsessed with race and gender issues? Why are children learning revisionist history? Why are America’s schools teaching children to hate America – and each other. —- Darlene L., Marina del Rey

3. ** I stopped by Café Bohème in Playa del Rey at 7:30 a.m. on a weekday to get some coffee and croissant. They didn’t have any croissants, which I thought was the whole point of their establishment. Disappointing. —- Grant P., Playa del Rey

4. ** How would you like to be seen as the #1 Authority in your Niche by getting into TOP publications like Yahoo! Finance, ABC, NBC, and more? —-

5. ** Since I was a head of school almost 15 years ago, I’ve been concerned – even obsessed – about the state of America’s education system. I know you share my concerns. From lowering standards (did you know the CDC just lowered speech standards for young children?) to teaching harmful lessons based on Critical Race Theory … our classrooms are completely failing our youth. —- Melissa S., Marina del Rey

6. ** Lots of times you have to pretend to join a parade in which you’re not really interested in order to get where you’re going. —- Christopher M., Playa del Rey

7. ** Cancel culture is the antithesis of democracy. It inhibits conversation and debate. It limits our ability to listen, mediate, and exchange opposing views. Most tragically, it annihilates moral judgment. This is not fair. This is not just. This is not American. —- Sandra Z., Culver City

8. ** Is daydreaming a shamefully solipsistic activity, an indulgence in self-centered escapism? —- Clarke M., Playa Vista

9. ** How many times have you heard inane politicians say, “You know homelessness isn’t a crime?” Well, that may be true, but crime is a crime, and if homeless people commit, it they need to be charged just like anybody else. I am sick and tired of politicians mouthing platitudes as our city is ruined. —- Jill L., Culver City

10. ** HELP WANTED: CASHIER and DELI COUNTER – Busy Santa Monica Deli – Contact Bruce Stein Or Cynthia Fromin at 310-829-5443.

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12. ** I love this Playa Vista People digital magazine. —- Kiki P., Playa del Rey

13. ** Have you seen the crazy socks at Petals and Wax in Marina del Rey. They are so fun, I bought five pairs. —- Arthur H., Marina del Rey

14. ** My dinner at Urban Plates in Playa Vista was ruined by two wild, screaming kids and their rude parents who refuse to keep them quiet. So inconsiderate! They need to take a parenting class immediately. —- Yolanda P., Culver City

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